Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 12, Rome

The Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem (Latin: Basilica Sanctae Crucis in Hierusalem, Italian: Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and titular church in rione Esquilino, Rome, Italy. It is one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome.According to tradition, the Basilica was consecrated circa 325 to house the relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ brought to Rome from the Holy Land by St. Empress Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I. At that time, the Basilica's floor was covered with soil from Jerusalem, thus acquiring the title in Hierusalem; it is not dedicated to the Holy Cross which is in Jerusalem, but the Basilica itself is "in Jerusalem" in the sense that a "piece" of Jerusalem was moved to Rome for its foundation.
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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    07:30 - 12:45, 15:30 - 19:30

  • Mon

    07:00 - 12:45, 15:30 - 19:30

  • Tue

    07:00 - 12:45, 15:30 - 19:30

  • Wed

    07:00 - 12:45, 15:30 - 19:30

  • Thu

    07:00 - 12:45, 15:30 - 19:30

  • Fri

    07:00 - 12:45, 15:30 - 19:30

  • Sat

    07:00 - 12:45, 15:30 - 19:30

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  • claudia lacy

    - 28 August 2018 -

    There is a life size statue of Christ as he would look after the scourging and the Crusification. So painful and moving that I wept and wept .

  • i pm

    - 15 August 2018 -

    Beautiful, often overlooked church. Don't judge a book by its cover. This particular church is much nicer inside than you might think from outside.

  • Varun V

    - 01 August 2018 -

    Divine . Calm and peaceful atmosphere. And also the ancient architecture

  • Tom J. Briskin

    - 11 July 2018 -

    Amazing experience! Don't let it's looks deceive you, it is huge on the inside and absolutely gorgeous!

  • Jay Fischer

    - 30 June 2018 -

    Checkout this church when in Rome, has some Catholic ‘relics’ from the time of Christ.

  • maria Victoria almoneda

    - 29 April 2018 -

    It is very serene here. And it houses many relics.tourists flocks in everyday.

  • kw windham

    - 14 April 2018 -

    A beautiful experience for all Christians, no matter what denomination. The shroud is awe inspiring, the cross that has been made around the pice of the holy cross is beautiful and as you make your way through the hallways you find your self in a truly beautiful chapel, that is Constantine’s mother’s original chapel and the cathedral was built around it. A truly wonderful experience.

  • Jade Fang

    - 05 April 2018 -

    Love how centrally located this church is and how gorgeous the blue is. Amazing place.

  • Richard Jreitiny

    - 02 February 2018 -

    Must visit, one of the 4 most important Basilice in Rome.

  • Francisco Vanguardia

    - 24 December 2017 -

    The Basilica of The Holy Cross in Jerusalem is located between the Basilica of St. John Lateran and Porta Maggiore. It is often overlooked by tourist, but should not be. Aside from the impressive artworks displayed inside the church, we were so impressed with the Chapel of the Holy Relics. These relics were brought to Rome from the Holy Land by St. Helena of Constantinople, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine I. Here are the reliquaries containing the relics said to have been found on Mt. Calvary: fragments of the cross of Christ; two thorns from the crown placed on his head; one of the nails used in the crucifixion; a large piece of the cross of the repentant thief; and stone fragments of the scourging pillar. There is also a finger that is said to that of St. Thomas, the one dubbed the "doubting apostle" who put his finger in the wounds of the risen Jesus to confirm his identity. There is also a wooden inscription attributed as the Titulus Crucis, the crucifixion sign, written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. There is a full sized replica of the Shroud of Turin. We found a curious shrine to a young girl named Nennolina, (Antonietta Meo, who lived in 1930-37). Her remains are here. This young girl died at the age of six, after having suffering from bone cancer that led to her left leg being amputated. She had visions, wrote letters (most dictated to her mother) and composed a short prayer to Jesus, dedicating her sufferings to him. At least one healing has been attributed to her intercession since her death, and she is currently being considered for official canonization as a saint. She had been baptized at Santa Croce and her body was moved inside its walls in 1999.

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